Remembering Maulana Azad in London

maulanaazadNehru Center in association with Indian Muslim Federation, UK organised a remarkable tribute to the freedom fighter, Congress leader and India’s first education minister, Maulana Azad. What came out so vividly was his unshaken faith in India’s inherent cultural unity and his deep commitment to secular values. Yet he was a great and enlightened scholar of Islam and a wonderful Urdu writer.

Maulana’s speech on dangers to Indian freedom presents an inspiring speech of Maulana Azad delivered on 2 October 1947, in which Maulana talks about challenges before the newly independent India. He appeals to the people of India to preserve peace and communal harmony.



A letter from Maulana’s Ghubar-e-Khatir

divyaDuring the thirties while fighting with Mahatma Gandhi against the British Raj Maulana Azad spent many years in British jails. And there he wrote imaginary letters to his friends that could never be posted due to jail restrictions. Later these letters were published in a collection, ‘Ghubar-e-Khatir’. They are classed as ‘the finest pieces of Urdu prose’. Hindi poet Divya Mathur reads one of Maulana’s letters.



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